Purple walk honors epilepsy survivors

Leungo Mokgwathi

Under the theme ‘So they never have a seizure again’, hundreds of well wishers and stakeholders walked the Purple Walk last Saturday to raise epilepsy awareness, dispel myths, and increase support to those living & affected by the condition.

Saturday’s rain was no hindrance factor as many traversed the distance from Grand Palm Resort to Rail Park Mall with a common goal which was to commemorate the condition of epilepsy.

Purple Day, which is marked for March 26th every year, is a global initiative that strives to shine a light on epilepsy in order to promote education on the condition. This past Saturday marked the 8th annual Purple Walk, which was put in place and facilitated by Young Epilepsy Botswana(YEB)

In their purple gear, participants not only got the refreshing experience of walking under a drizzle, but a more intimate look into what epilepsy looks like. They interacted with some of those living with epilepsy to learn about their stories, the battles and overcoming’s.

On behalf of YEB, Public Relations Specialist Bame Motsomatshukudu extended much appreciation to all stakeholders and partners who came out for the walk.

“Due to the wet weather conditions, we thought of cancelling the walk, however, many people threw on their raincoats, tied up their boots and sneakers and came to walk with us on this purple journey, “said Motsomatshukudu.

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“Saturday was a demonstration of Botswana’s willingness to hold our hand as we bring attention and awareness to this condition.”

After the walk, the official commemoration took place at GICC where Dr. Morrison Sinvula delivered the keynote address on behalf of the Minister of Health.

“Our work does not end with the Purple Walk. We will continue outside of it to spread awareness on epilepsy so they never have seizures again.”

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